Must see waterfalls

Looking for the best waterfalls nearby? Refer to the list below to find the most attractive/beautiful/popular falls only.This list is based on our personal impressions and preferences.

North Island

 
Rainbow Falls

Location: Northland / North Island
Height: 27 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Whangarei Falls

Location: Northland / North Island
Height: 26 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Hunua Falls

Location: Auckland / North Island
Height: 30 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Karekare Falls

Location: Waitakere Ranges / Auckland / North Island
Height: 30 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Bridal Veil Falls

Location: Coromandel and Waikato / North Island
Height: 55 m
Access:  20min easy return walk

 
Marokopa Falls

Location: Coromandel and Waikato / North Island
Height: 35 m
Access:  20min easy return walk

 
Omaru Falls

Location: Coromandel and Waikato / North Island
Height: 45 m
Access:  1hr return walk

 
Owharoa Falls

Location: Coromandel and Waikato / North Island
Height: 6 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Wairere Falls

Location: Coromandel and Waikato / North Island
Height: 153 m
Access:  1hr 30min return walk

 
Kerosene Creek Waterfall

Location: Bay Of Plenty / North Island
Height: 2 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Tarawera Falls

Location: Bay Of Plenty / North Island
Height: 65 m
Access:  40min return walk

 
Mt Damper Falls

Location: Taranaki / North Island
Height: 74 m
Access:  40min return walk

 
Huka Falls

Location: Central Plateau / North Island
Height: 11 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Taranaki Falls

Location: Tongariro National Park / Central Plateau / North Island
Height: 20 m
Access:  2hrs return walk

 
Waipunga Falls

Location: Central Plateau / North Island
Height: 40 m
Access:  1min easy return walk

 
Papakorito Falls

Location: Te Urewera National Park / Hawkes Bay and East Cost / North Island
Height: 20 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Rere Falls

Location: Hawkes Bay and East Cost / North Island
Height: 10 m
Access:  2min easy return walk

 
Shine Falls

Location: Hawkes Bay and East Cost / North Island
Height: 58 m
Access:  1hr 30min return walk

 
Waihi Falls

Location: Manawatu-Wanganui / North Island
Height: 25 m
Access:  20min easy return walk

 


South Island

 
Maruia Falls

Location: Nelson and Marlborough / South Island
Height: 10 m
Access:  5min easy return walk

 
Wainui Falls

Location: Abel Tasman National Park / Nelson and Marlborough / South Island
Height: 7 m
Access:  1hr return walk

 
Carew Falls

Location: West Coast / South Island
Height: 30 m
Access:  45min return walk

 
Coal Creek Falls

Location: West Coast / South Island
Height: 7 m
Access:  1hr return walk

 
Mangatini Falls

Location: West Coast / South Island
Height: 25 m
Access:  2hrs return walk

 
Thunder Creek Falls

Location: Haast / West Coast / South Island
Height: 96 m
Access:  10min easy return walk

 
Trident Creek Falls

Location: Franz Josef Glacier / West Coast / South Island
Height: 35 m
Access:  1hr return walk

 
Devils Punchbowl Falls

Location: Arthur's Pass National Park / Canterbury / South Island
Height: 112 m
Access:  1hr return walk

 
Ohau Falls

Location: Canterbury / South Island
Height: 15 m
Access:  20min easy return walk

 
Wakefield Falls

Location: Mt Cook National Park / Canterbury / South Island
Height: 230 m
Access:  2min easy return walk

 
Bowen Falls

Location: Milford Sound / Fiordland / South Island
Height: 162 m
Access:  2hrs cruise

 
Cleddau Valley Vistas Waterfalls

Location: Fiordland / South Island
Height: 100 m
Access:  20min easy return walk

 
Earland Falls

Location: Fiordland / South Island
Height: 174 m
Access:  6hrs return tramping track

 
Humboldt Falls

Location: Fiordland / South Island
Height: 275 m
Access:  40min return walk

 
Stirling Falls

Location: Milford Sound / Fiordland / South Island
Height: 151 m
Access:  2hrs cruise

 
Sutherland Falls

Location: Milford Track / Fiordland / South Island
Height: 580 m
Access:  4days return multi-days track

 
Bridal Veil Falls

Location: Mt Aspiring National Park / Otago / South Island
Height: 261 m
Access:  4hrs 30min return tramping track

 
Wishbone Falls

Location: Mt Aspiring National Park / Otago / South Island
Height: 77 m
Access:  2min easy return walk

 
McLean Falls

Location: Southland / South Island
Height: 22 m
Access:  40min return walk

 
Purakaunui Falls

Location: Southland / South Island
Height: 20 m
Access:  20min easy return walk